Washington man charged with murder in Oregon shooting

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — A man identified by Oregon police last month as a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a father of three has been arrested.

Court records show 35-year-old Tyree Houfmuse of Tacoma, Washington, faces charges of murder and manslaughter in the death of 38-year-old James Cragun, killed May 27 at an apartment complex in Hermiston, Oregon.

The East Oregonian reports Houfmuse appeared in court Tuesday. His attorney asked to defer entering a plea until the defense had time to look at police reports.

Bail was set at $1 million.

Houfmuse has been charged in at least two previous shootings, most recently in one outside a Kennewick, Washington, bar. The 2014 shooting left another man paralyzed, but a jury decided Houfmuse acted in self-defense.

Cragun’s obituary says he lived in Echo, Oregon, and has two sons and a daughter. He was a welder and enjoyed playing sports.

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